Osiris Rex

A 3D Model of Bennu Compiled of Pictures Taken By Osiris Rex.  NASA 2019

A 3D Model of Bennu Compiled of Pictures Taken By Osiris Rex.

NASA 2019

Osiris Rex is a NASA study of the asteroid Bennu. The spacecraft will land a probe on this rock in space, ideally taking at least a 60 gram sample of the rock, and then return to Earth. While this is a sample-return mission, it is important that data is transmitted to assure the mission is on track. Since its launch in 2016, Osiris Rex has traveled 70 million miles and as of late December, is now in orbit around the asteroid, breaking a space exploration record. Now at close distance, images transmitted through SMI switches allow a 3D model to be made. Data showing evidence of water on the asteroid gives significant information about primitive organics as it serves as a remnant from the formation of the solar system. Crucial data will continue to be transmitted through telecom communications until 2023, when Osiris Rex returns to Earth.